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Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mr. Nicole Elliott.)
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 14:37:46 +0000
Subject: (YOU ARE A WINNER) Batch: 12/25/0340 Ref: BTL/49101OXI/02
BRITISH INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY INC.
5th Floor East Commonwealth Centre
55 Currie Street London L70 1NL.
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 18th February 2007
from the British International Lottery programme. Which is fully based on an
electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses. your email was
attached to ticket number 56475600545 188 serial number 5368/02.This batch
draws the lucky numbers as follows 09,01,11,05,18, 20 bonus number 16, which
consequently won the lottery in the First category.
You hereby have been approved a lump sum of £850,000.00(POUNDS STERLING) in
cash credit file KTU/9023118308/03 from the total cash prize of £850,000.00
(POUNDS STERLING) shared amongst Ten lucky winners in this category.
All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from
Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from canada,Australia, United state,
Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international
promotions program which is conducted annually.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by conglomorate of some multinational
companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the
communitties where they have perational base. Further more your details(e-mail
address) falls within our European representative office in London, United
Kingdom, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of £850,000.00, will
be released to you from this regional branch office in London.
We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high
stakes for L1.3 Billion international draw. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU QUOTE
YOUR BELOW WINNING PARTICULARS WHEN CONTACTING YOUR AGENT:
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE,
Simply contact our fiducial agent,
MR. Terri Martins
(VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER)
TEL:+44-702 407 6725
FAX:+44-870 478 6407
8.Country Of Residence:
9.Telephone Number (Country Code)-(Area Code)- Phone Number):
10:Cell Number:(Country Code) - (Cell Phone Number):
12.Draw Number above:
14.Payment Method (Cheque / Draft):
Fill in the details below to your claims agent for verification.For security
reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the
public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted
taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel.
Congratulations, once more from the entire Management and Staff of BRITISH
INTERNATIONL LOTTERY Cooperation to all our lucky winners.
Thank you for being part of this promotional lottery program.
Mrs Tracy Kelly (co-ordinator).
BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO
MANAGEMENT, BRITISH LOTTERY INC